Wayne Ryan (GBR) Racing Steps Foundation (Photo: Agusti Nubiola)

Wayne Ryan (GBR) Racing Steps Foundation (Photo: Agusti Nubiola)

Former British 125GP Vice-Champion to partner nemesis Ryde in CEV with KRP squad

Wayne Ryan, the former British 125GP Vice-Champion from New Romney, Kent, is set to return to Spain’s Dorna-run CEV Moto3 Championship for a second year.

Ryan – who is backed by the not-for-profit Racing Steps Foundation – is re-joining the British KRP squad where he will team up with Kyle Ryde, the Nottinghamshire rider who edged him to the British title in 2011.

Ryan, aged 16, made his debut in the Spanish Moto3 championship in 2012, ending the season in 23rd place in the rider standings. He will also compete in the single-round UEM (European Motorcycling Union) European Championship.

The New Romney rider will race KRP’s M3-02 bike. The second generation 250cc Honda-powered prototype benefits from a step up in horsepower, suspension modifications and a refined aero package for the upcoming season.

Ryan renews his on-track rivalry with Ryde at the opening round of the CEV season at Catalunya on the weekend of 26-28 April. Testing gets underway at Valencia today (Monday).

“Last season was a steep learning curve for me with a totally new bike to get on terms with, new circuits to learn and 30 or so of the best riders in Europe and beyond to race against,” said Ryan after learning of his continued backing.

“The fact that nine of last year’s riders have moved on to compete in the MotoGP Moto3 class shows how high the standard in CEV is.

“But I’ve served my apprenticeship now. I’ve got one of the best bikes in the championship, I’m racing with one of the best teams and have got a really strong team-mate to work with and spur me on.

“So it’s time to deliver – for the sake of the RSF, who’ve made a big investment in me over the last three years, and for the sake of my own pride and self-respect. If I’m not fighting for the title, it will be a big disappointment.”

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